21 May

Checking In Part 2

While we’re on the topic of checking in, I thought it would be crucial to say that while nutrition is key, lifestyle also plays an important part in good health.  We offer some health-promoting, stress-reducing tips on our website.

Exercise & Keep Stress to a Minimum:  Stress inhibits normal body function.  It manifests in different ways in different bodies.  Some bodies get migraines, other get ulcers, and still others get hypertension.  All bodies have decreased immune function and rattled nervous system under chronic physical or emotional stress.  Regular moderate exercise with fresh air and some sun exposure, meditation practice, and creative outlets are all positive and recommended ways to manage stress and keep immune function strong.  The reishi, nettles and N-acetyl cysteine in Lucidia help the body manage stress and support the nervous system.

17 May

Checking In Part 1

As we’re in the midst of spring, it’s important to check in, to see if the activities we do throughout the day and the things that we put into our body support good health.  In years’ past, I’ve taken this time to do a mini fast – just three days of drinking herbal teas, water and hot lemon water with honey.  It was a time of checking in, slowing down, only doing those things that were really important in maintaining my house and family.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll post a series of information from our website about how you can support your health.  Lucidia is really helpful in cleansing the body and strengthening the immune system, but it’s up to you to take responsibility for your lifestyle and nutrition.  To learn more about the ways to support good health during the allergy season, visit www.Lucidialife.com.

In the meantime, below is a short list of foods that may be causing allergies for you…

Reduce Foods that Cause Mucous These may be food allergies specific to you or just foods that potentiate mucous in anyone.  The most common mucous-forming foods are:

  • Cold food/Iced drinks
  • Dairy, especially cold cow’s milk, melted cheese and ice cream
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Hydrogenated Fats
  • Wheat
  • Coffee
  • Overeating
23 Mar

Officially spring

Peach Blossom

Round and round the earth is turning
Turning always toward the morning
And from morning round to night

Upon hearing that song years ago, it made me think of how we’re always changing.  We see it each and every day – sunrise and sunset; we see it in the seasons – spring/fall equinox and summer/winter solstice; we see it in the trees and the foliage.

Nettles

For me, living in San Diego there isn’t a drastic change in the season that one might see living in the northeast, but there are subtle changes.  I took a few photos of mother nature’s spring time gift to Southern California.  You may recognize the plant that I took a picture of – Nettles; it’s one of my favorites and one of the reasons why Lucidia is so helpful with allergies.

17 Feb

Immunity Boost

After writing my last post about the Vitamix, it dawned on me to open up a couple of Lucidia capsules and blend them into the smoothie.  It’s genius!  It’s like our own version of the immuno-boost that you can order for $1.50 more at any smoothie/juice store.  Perfect way to stay healthy this winter.

05 Feb

Mix Master

I just splurged and got a Vitamix!  Surprisingly, my 10-year old son is as excited about it as I am.  It might be because when we were watching a demo at Whole Food the other day, Chef Sharon made an ice-cream that’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast and it was delicious!

I’m sending out a message to all my fellow Vitamix comrades.  I’m looking for some yummy, kid-friendly recipes.  Please send in any personal recipes or links to websites.  Thanks!

02 Feb

Year of the Horse

The new lunar year is here – Year of the Horse.  For me, new beginnings have this great potential that’s really exciting!  It’s like having a mystery box in which you have some say in what goes into the box, but there’s an aspect of the unknown as well.
What does the year of the horse have in store for us?  I’ve read here and there that conflict is in our future.  People standing firm to their ideals. And while having passion for ideas is what drives us; and I give thanks to those who came before us who stood firm in their ideals – Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Gandhi.  I know these people where coming from a place that had heart and meaning and truth.  When It comes to conflicts that we experience these days, there’s more personal gain than the search for truth.  I think if you were to really uncover the truth, what you’d end up with is a win-win situation, not a victor-loser scenario.
My sister-in-law is pregnant and will have a little boy born in the year of the horse, so I wondered what characteristics this little one was likely to have.  There are so many great qualities…. animated, active, energetic, loves crowds, quick to learn independence, straightforward and positive attitude towards life, good communication skills and witty.  How great is all that??  Let’s all try to take on a little of the horse in our own lives.  Perhaps we can avoid some of the predicted conflict ahead!

23 Oct

Adventures in Julian

Last weekend we ventured up to Julian, CA.  The town comes alive during the fall with it’s many apple orchards.  People from all around Southern California go there to pick apples and sample the famous apple pies.  For us (living the city life), going to Julian, was a nice break.  It’s a small town with a rich history dating back to the end of the Civil War (Julian’s history).  We stayed in an old house that sits on 16 acres of land in a valley with mountains all around.  Each morning, my children would wake up and run up the hill to where the chickens lived to see if they layed any eggs.  Following breakfast, we’d take the goats, Rapunzel and Hildegard on a trail walk.  And throughout the weekend, the kids were busy creating fairy houses.  It was exactly the kind of weekend we needed in the midst of a hectic soccer and gymnastics schedule.  I’m grateful for the time and space to recharge!

09 Sep

A Salute to Garlic

Living here in San Diego, we tend to feel the late summer heat.  We have what’s known as “May grey” and “June gloom” were Spring takes it’s time to defrost and warm up.  There’s typically a cold fog layer that eventually burns off by the afternoon, but tends to keep the temperature low.  But by late August-early September, as I wipe the sweat from my brow and feel even more sweat dripping down my back, I curse the fact that my husband and I put off insulating our attic yet again (we don’t have any air conditioning either).  My car thermostat registered at 101 degrees one day last week and our house thermostat read 87 degrees (in the house!) every afternoon for 10 days in a row.  Believe it or not, I’m not trying to pull a sympathy card by writing all this, because I know there are MUCH warmer places to be – I did spend 18 years living in Texas after all, so I know what HOT feels like.  No, instead I bring up all this talk of heat because after my last post where I spoke of pets with allergies, it made me think of summertime heat and fleas and how they tend to go hand-in-hand.

At the beginning of our summer heat wave, my son, who is our dog’s flea detective, would count the number of fleas he found on her each day and some days he would tally 15 fleas!  This is after I put the usual flea drops on her neck and back too.  I hated using those drops in the first place and now they were ineffective, so what’s the use?

I started asking friends what they used to help rid their pets of fleas and one friend suggested drizzling garlic oil on the food.  So I tried it with a some hesitation, not knowing what my dog, Lulu would think of the taste.  To my surprise, she eagerly ate up all her breakfast.  The next morning, I did the same thing and again she cleaned her bowl.  Each day, I asked my son about the flea count and each day it was less and less.  Lulu has had her breakfast with garlic oil drizzled on top for about 6 weeks and the flea count is down to 1 a day and sometimes none at all.  And we’re at the hottest part of the summer, when the fleas are usually at their worst!

I’m so grateful to have found something that works and is non-toxic.  If you decide to give this method a try, get a small jar and mince some garlic, place it in the jar and pour olive oil in the jar (just enough to cover the minced garlic) and refrigerate.  Then once a day drizzle a little of the oil over the food.  I would think that the bigger the bread of dog, the more garlic oil necessary.  I’d love to hear how it works for you so write in with your story.  Good luck!

28 Aug

Fasting

It’s ironic that my first entry back into the writing world has to do with fasting.  Some might say that I was on a blogging fast for the last three years.
Aside from the writing hiatus, I recently did a food fast for three days.  It was the second time I’ve done such a thing so I was prepared for the cravings, the spacey thoughts and the fatigue, but as it turned out, this time went much smoother than the first.  My motivation for fasting had two parts.  The first was to break my morning coffee routine and the second was to bring more consciousness to eating.  I found both motivations to be important, but the latter to be higher priority.  Too often I found myself nibbling on my children’s leftovers without really thinking much about it.  The fast helped me to see just how often I was tempted to put some little snack or leftover in my mouth, and it’s not to say that I’ve broken the habit completely, (I’m a sucker for a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly) but greater self awareness is always a work in progress.
My fast consisted of herbals teas, water with lemon and honey and water with concentrated cranberry juice and agave nectar.  I found it helpful to have sources of sugar give my body some calories to work with.  It’s a little tricky to do a fast when staying home with three kids,but it called on me to weed out the tasks that aren’t that important.  I don’t think I could live in that mind-set or energy level all the time – very little would get done, but every once in awhile I need a break from all the things that I think “need” to get done each day.  And just so you know, I haven’t had a cup of coffee in 16 days!

27 Jul

Good Eatin’ in the Summertime

A friend of mine told me the other day that she has been studying Holistic Health Counseling through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (www.integrativenutrition.com). She’s on her way to earning a certificate to be a Holistic Health Counselor. This is very exciting and I’m so proud of her. She is starting to offer Nutrition and Wellness counseling and coaching to clients. If you find that you’re in need of some health & wellness advice, take a look at Jessica’s website. www.CloserToRealHealth.com

Jessica sends out monthly newsletters and the last one had some great recipes from her school. They look perfect for a cook-out this summer!

Bok Choy Apple Slaw
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
6 stalks bok choy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Dressing:
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons honey or brown rice syrup
salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
1. First make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well.
2. Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until last. Mix in a salad bowl.
3. Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional dressing if desired.
4. Eat immediately, or chill for up to one hour and then add the apples just before eating.

Asian Watercress Salad
Prep time: 7 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 bunch washed watercress
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup baked tofu
1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2/3 tablespoons plum vinegar or other vinegar

Directions:
1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces.
2. Mix with carrots in a salad bowl.
3. Drizzle sesame oil and vinegar over salad and toss.
4. Dice tofu into bite-size strips.
5. Serve in individual salad bowls, sprinkle tofu on top of each and serve.

Here’s to yummy food and good nutrition!